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Shannon Abelson

Name: Shannon Abelson

Office: SY 0021
Email: abelson at indiana.edu

I work in philosophy of physics (especially spacetime), scientific methodology, particularly modeling, and scientific confirmation. I also have strong interests in history of analytic philosophy, climate science, and philosophy of biology.

Zara Anwarzai

Name: Zara Anwarzai

Office: SY 0021
Email: zanwarza at iu.edu

I graduated from Bard College at Simon's Rock in 2015, with a double major in Philosophy and Cross-Cultural Studies and a minor in Francophone Studies. After completing my undergraduate degree, I went to Luxembourg as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. I remained in Luxembourg for an additional year to see through my research, utilize my French, and learn German. After coming back to the US, I worked in editorial at a publishing company.

My interests include Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, and action theory. I am currently pursuing a joint degree in Philosophy and Cognitive Science. I played soccer and the viola (never concurrently, unfortunately) throughout most of my life. I think about reality TV a lot.

Autumn Averitt

Name: Autumn Averitt

Office: SY 0025
Email: aaveritt at indiana.edu

I received my B.A. in philosophy from Baylor University in 2014. My interests are varied, but mostly hover around what I find central to understanding human nature. Thus far, philosophy of mind, free will, and metaethics dominate my attention. When avoiding the various existential crises imminent in further philosophizing, I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and climbing.

Flor Aviles

Name: Flor Aviles

Office: SY 0025
Email: faviles at indiana.edu

Flor graduated with a BA in Philosophy from Rutgers University in 2015. During her year off she prepared her dossier whilst working part-time in the wondrous world of retail—a job that enabled her to learn valuable lessons such as, patience is probably a virtue.

Values, virtues, and mostly anything relating to ethics or metaethics tends to preoccupy Flor's thoughts. Flor also has interests in practical reason, and, as of more recently, has taken a shine to topics in the philosophy of language and personal identity.

When she's not busy theorizing or daydreaming or reminiscing, Flor enjoys listening to music as well as playing video games with her fabulous friends.

Alexander Buchinski

Name: Alexander Buchinski

Office: SY 0025
Email: abuchins at iu.edu

Alex has a BA and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Alberta, and a JD from the University of Victoria. His primary research interest is the philosophy of Immanuel Kant (especially Kant’s theoretical, practical, and legal philosophy). His secondary research interest is 19th and 20th Century German Philosophy (especially Fichte, Hegel, Marx, and Heidegger). He is also interested in early modern, medieval, and ancient philosophy.

Luke Capek

Name: Luke Capek

Office: SY 0019
Email: lcapek at iu.edu

David Dake

Name: Dan Dake

Office: SY 0019
Email: rddake at indiana.edu

I received my MA in philosophy from Northern Illinois University. Broadly, I am interested in the following areas: epistemology, metaphysics, and moral philosophy. Specifically, I focus on solutions to external world skepticism, the nature of taste experience, and the nature and role of non-deontic reactive attitudes. When not studying philosophy, I revel in all things poetic and gustatory. Herbert, Hopkins, and Mandelstam are my constant companions. Meal-designing, bread-making, and wine-drinking are essential activities of the everyday.

Logan Douglass

Name: Logan Douglass

Office: SY 0023
Email: logadoug at indiana.edu

Uri Eran

Name: Uri Eran

Office: SY 013
Email: urieran at indiana.edu

I am primarily interested in Kant's practical philosophy, and in the relation between moral and political philosophy. I also have interests in moral psychology and motivation, and in Ancient ethics. When too tired to philosophize, I like to play and listen to music.

Martina Favaretto

Name: Martina Favaretto

Office: SY 0019
Email: mfavaret at indiana.edu

David Fisher

Name: David Fisher

Office: SY 013
Email: dffisher at indiana.edu

I have a BA in philosophy from the University of Vermont and an MS in math from George Mason University. The following quote by Achille Varzi (given in a different context) aptly describes my research priorities: "Metaphysics comes first, as long as logic is already there."


Name: Kjell Fostervold

Office: SY 0021
Email: kfosterv at iu.edu

Originally from Minnesota, I hold a B.A. in philosophy from St. Cloud State University and a M.A. in philosophy from Texas Tech University. My main philosophical interests revolve around value theory and the normative, including metaethical questions concerning the truth and objectivity of ethical judgments, the structure and nature of practical reason, and all things related to the virtues and Aristotle. I also have interests in social and political philosophy, Wittgenstein, and philosophical methodology. Beyond philosophy, I’m interested in intellectual history and literature, and can often be found enjoying craft beer while listening to classic rock and metal much louder than is healthy or necessary.

Paul Howatt

Name: Paul Howatt

Office: SY 0017
Email: pjhowatt at iu.edu

Katja Kaelin

Name: Katja Kaelin

Office: SY 009
Email: kakaelin at indiana.edu

Suzanne Kawamleh

Name: Suzanne Kawamleh

Office: SY 0025
Email: skawamle at indiana.edu

Mary-Mariam Kennedy

Name: Mariam Kazanjian

Office: SY 0021
Email: maelkenn at indiana.edu

Tim Leisz

Name: Tim Leisz

Office: SY 013
twleisz at indiana.edu

Daniel Lindquist

Name: Daniel Lindquist

Office: SY 013
Email: danlindq at indiana.edu

Daniel got a BA in theology from Southern Nazarene University, and then a MA in the humanities from the University of Chicago. He likes Wittgenstein, Davidson, Germans, and McDowell.

Daniel Linsenbardt

Name: Daniel Linsenbardt

Office: SY 118
Email: djlinsen at indiana.edu

Name: Monica Morrison

Office: SY 019
Email:moamorri at iu.edu

Ricky Mouser

Name: Ricky Mouser

Office: SY 0017
Email:rimouser at iu.edu

Wade Munroe

Name: Wade Munroe

Office: SY 118
Email: wemunroe at indiana.edu

Sean Murphy

Name: Sean Murphy

Office: SY 009
Email: murphyst at indiana.edu

My main areas of research are 19th century German philosophy (Fichte, Schopenhauer, Marx, Nietzsche), moral philosophy, and aesthetics. In my dissertation I provide an interpretation and partial defense of Schopenhauer's account of the psychology of human agency that seeks to adjudicate between his particular views on human psychology and human nature, on the one hand, and his overarching commitments to (a) the metaphysics of Wille; (b) transcendental idealism; and (c) the ethics of compassion, on the other. My work on Schopenhauer has led me to develop interests in contemporary work on deliberation and practical reason, foundational questions about value, and moral sentimentalism. In aesthetics, I am interested in the history of aesthetics, artistic cognitivism, and aesthetic normativity, especially questions about what it is legitimate to expect and demand of art, and the exact nature of these expectations and demands.  

Office: SY 0023
Email: spearlma at iu.edu

Savannah graduated from Brandeis University magna cum laude in 2012, majoring in Philosophy and minoring in French and Politics. After working as a higher education administrator for two years, Savannah returned to school, receiving her MA in Philosophy from Tufts University in 2016. She is primarily interested in the intersection of Epistemology and Logic. Most recently, she has been preoccupied with the truth value of knowledge sentences, and whether such values vary by the context of utterance.

Paul Shephard

Name: Paul Shephard

Office: SY 0023
Email: pshephar at indiana.edu

I received my B.A. from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a double major in philosophy and economics, and I received my M.A. in philosophy from Northern Illinois University. My main areas of concern are epistemology, ethics, and metaphysics (specifically the free will debate). I also enjoy dabbling in other areas that often intersect with epistemology, such as philosophy of language and metaethics. Outside of philosophy, I am a rabid Buffalo Bills fan and player of every inexpensive sport.

Josiah Skogen

Name: Josiah Skogen

Office: SY 0017
Email: jskogen at iu.edu

Andrew Smith

Name: Andrew Smith

Office: SY 118
Email: smith986 at imail.iu.edu

My research is focused on the history of analytic philosophy - primarily W.V. Quine, Rudolf Carnap, and Gottlob Frege - and an array of issues in epistemology and metaphysics (both broadly construed) that arise from my historical work, including philosophical naturalism, ontology and meta-ontology, truth by convention, theories of truth, sense and nonsense, the analytic-synthetic distinction, empiricism, the epistemology of logic and mathematics, and external world skepticism. I also have research interests in philosophy of language, logic and the philosophy of logic, philosophy of mathematics, and general philosophy of science, as well as teaching interests in ethics and business ethics.

Kyle Stroh

Name: Kyle Stroh

Office: SY 0023
Email: strohk at iu.edu

Name: Ferhat Taskin

Office: SY 0017
Email: ftaskin at iu.edu

Levi Tenen

Name: Levi Tenen

Office: SY 009
Email: ltenen at indiana.edu

I am interested in ethics, aesthetics, and environmental philosophy. Specifically, I'm curious about our responsibilities regarding, and perhaps to, future persons, non-rational entities, non-sentient entities, and non-living entities. In my current research, I am curious about what properties natural non-living entities have that might be valuable, whether such values entail that we have a responsibility to treat such entities in a certain way for their own sake, and whether aesthetic considerations adequately justify some versions of environmentalism. In my free time, I roast coffee and enjoy cycling.

Ivan Verano

Name: Ivan Verano

Office: SY 019
Email: iverano at indiana.edu

I hold a B.A. Universidad de Los Andes, an M.A. Philosophy, Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá, Colombia), and a M.Sc. Logic, Computation and Methodology, Carnegie Mellon University. I am interested in formal representations of knowledge, the epistemic logics that may result, and the computational properties of said models. As a secondary interest, I often ponder the aesthetic properties of beer and similar beverages.

Harrison Waldo

Name: Harrison Waldo

Email: hwaldo at indiana.edu

Elizabeth Williams

Name: Elizabeth Williams

Office: SY 0021
Email: ecw3 at iu.edu